Baby bath towels are the ultimate way to keep your baby warm and dry after washing or swimming.
If they've been in the bath or splashing around in the pool, you want to ensure that they warm up as quickly as possible after having been in the water. Baby bath towels come in a range of styles to keep them as toasty as possible.
There's a few things to consider before buying a baby towel. Firstly, the absorbency and softness of the towel will depend on the material. Cotton is well-known for being absorbent and durable, as well as very soft. For an eco-friendly material, bamboo towels are a good option as well as being four times more absorbent than most towels. It is often hypoallergenic and antibacterial, meaning it won't irritate your baby's skin. This is especially true if you go for an organic bamboo option, as this means the bamboo will be softer thanks to no harsh chemicals or nasties. Polyester dries quickly, but it is not as absorbent.
Baby towels come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as hooded baby towels or even swaddles. Investing in a towel slightly larger than your baby's current size will mean that they have a chance to grow into it, increasing your value for money. Generally, if you want it to last beyond the newborn stage, buying a towel 76cm by 76cm or larger is a good idea.
Baby's lose heat from their heads, so it's important to make sure their heads are covered to keep them as warm as possible after their bath. A hooded towel is a way to keep their heads and bodies toasty and warm.
It's a good idea to have a few hooded towels for babies on hand so that you are never stuck without one for travelling or between washes. Try and swap out your baby bath towel after every use to minimise bacteria building up, and try to wash them weekly.
We've rounded up the best baby bath towels currently available, featuring both baby girl towels and baby boy towels, to help take the stress out of your search.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the towels on this list come highly recommended, this is our top pick thanks to its softness and high-quality material.
1. Soft Bamboo Hooded Baby Towel, San Francisco Baby
This hooded towel is a bestseller for a reason. Made of sustainable bamboo fibre material, it is ultra-soft and breathable, keeping your baby snug without irritating their skin. The cute ears on the hood top off the lovely striped trim, whilst its 35 inches by 35 inches size leaves lots of material to wrap around babies for warmth.
- Price: £12
- 100% bamboo
- Super soft
- 89cm x 89cm
Best For A Towel Set
2. 8-Piece Towel And Washcloth Set, Simple Joys By Carter's Baby
Towel sets can be a great way of getting everything you need for a lower price. This is a colourful and fun option with everything you need for a cosy bath time, including washcloths, baby hooded towels and a regular towel. With a range of lovely designs, including frogs, unicorns and dinosaurs, babies will look adorable whilst they dry.
- Price: £22
- 5 washcloths, 2 hooded towels and 1 towel
- 5 colour and design options
- 85% cotton, 15% polyester
Best For Softness
3. Hydrocotten Baby Towel, White Company
The White Company are known for their simple designs and high-quality baby towels, like this extremely soft and fluffy hooded bath towel. Hydrocotton helps keep the towel lightweight whilst retaining its thickness, even after many washes. Thanks to the softness-level, it is also very fast-drying.
- Price: £24
- Sizes: S & L
- 3 colour options
- 100% hydrocotton
- Lightweight and fast-drying
Best For Families On A Budget
4. Baby Hooded Bath Cape, Vertbaudet
A value for money option that will keep your baby warm and dry, this Verbaudet hooded towel has adorable design options and pure cotton towelling material. You can choose from an embroidered rabbit, panda or bear, which comes with a matching mitt to keep small baby hands warm too.
- Price: £12.32
- 3 versions: rabbit, panda, bear
- Matching mitt
- Hood with animal ears
- Pure cotton towelling
Best For Something Unique
5. Personalised Freddy Fox Baby Towel, Bathing Bunnies
Looking for baby hooded bath towels that you can give as a gift for a newborn? Personalised towels add a thoughtful touch to a practical gift. This adorable fox towel features your chosen name on the back, whilst the cotton terry towelling material will keep them soft and snuggly, even after multiple washes.
- Price: £21.99
- 78cm x 58cm
- Recommended for newborns - 1 year olds
- 100% cotton terry towelling material
- Chosen name embroidered
- Machine washable
Best For A Dressing Gown Towel
6. Bunny Towelling, Jojo Maman Bebe
Dressing gowns are fun for slightly older children; this towelling dressing gown is recommend for 6 months and over. The soft cotton terry towelling material will help keep kids warm post-bath or around the house with a handy popper to keep it in place. There is the option to have it personalised, too.
- Price: £18
- Age: 6 months +
- Super soft cotton
- Hood with bunny ears
- Popper at chest
Best For Ease Of Use
7. Hands Free Baby Apron, Cuddledry
An award-winning baby bath hooded towel, this apron is designed to make lifting your baby from the bath as stress-free as possible. The apron-style design attaches round your neck to keep you dry and wrap your baby quickly and easily, with two layers of towelling to keep them extra warm.
- Price: £34.99
- 112cm x 75cm
- Bamboo/cotton mix
- Double layer of towelling
Best For Newborns
8. Newborn Swaddle Dry Towel, Tommee Tippee
Taking your newborn to the swimming pool or beach can be a stressful experience without the right equipment. This swaddle is chlorine resistant and has SPF 50 to ensure your baby is fully protected, whatever the situation. The microfibre towelling material is hypoallergenic so it won't upset delicate skin.
- Price: £14.99
- Age: 0-6 months
- 4cm x 4cm x 24.5cm
- Hypoallergenic microfibre towelling
- SPF 50
- Chlorine resistant
Best For Sensitive Skin
9. Organic Bamboo Hooded Baby Towel, Liname
The combination of cotton and bamboo in this baby towel with hood makes it soft and good for babies with sensitive skin. The addition of bamboo in this bath towel also increases its absorbency, whilst the extra large size leaves lots of space for growing babies (and lots of material to keep them warm with).
- Price: £16.99
- Bamboo/cotton mix
- Extra large size - 100cm x 70cm
- Mouse design with ears
Best For The Beach
10. Children's Bath Towel, Myqiqi
A baby poncho towel is a great baby swimming towel for keeping them warm whilst they enjoy the beach. Designed for babies upwards, all this cotton dinosaur-style baby beach poncho takes is a couple of hugs and kids are dry!
- Price: £13.98 - £16.8 (depending on size)
- Age: 0 +
- Sizes: S or L
- Soft cotton
- Green or pink dinosaur
Best For Animal Lovers
11. World Lion Hooded Baby Towel, Little Tinkers
For the best baby beach towel that will be a roaring success, this towel with a fun lion design could be your answer. Its 100% cotton fabric means it's thick and durable enough to withstand being at the beach without irritating their skin. Its larger size means this baby hooded beach towel provides good coverage for newborns up to small toddlers.
- Price: £14.99
- Age: 0 +
- 30cm x 30cm
- 100% cotton
- Lion's mane hood
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